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Re: Debian hardware certification

Ben Hutchings <ben@decadent.org.uk> writes:

> On Fri, 2011-06-03 at 11:42 -0400, John Sullivan wrote:
>> Thomas Goirand <zigo@debian.org> writes:
>> > The point is to have a system so that manufacturers can write "this
>> > system supports Debian". If they don't want to do the work, we could,
>> > and help each other by having a list of hardware that is known to work
>> > with Debian, and a list of hardware with issues. If they do, it's best,
>> > and IMHO we should help. Finally, I believe we should have a central
>> > point on Debian's website so that this can happen.
>> >
>> > Maybe a wiki page might be a good start, until we setup something better.
>> >
>> Such a database is being generated now at http://h-node.com. The FSF is
>> also consolidating its former compatible hardware database there. Since
>> h-node lists hardware that works without proprietary drivers or
>> proprietary firmware, it should be a good fit for Debian main from
>> Squeeze on. 
> Almost every peripheral device today runs some software (firmware) on an
> embedded processor or microcontroller, which is generally non-free (see
> http://mjg59.livejournal.com/91123.html for examples).
> A few people consider that devices are more 'free' if they don't require
> the host to help them load this firmware.  And h-node may be useful for
> those people, but not for the large majority who realise that
> downloading non-free firmware won't taint their precious bodily fluids.

Debian main uses the same standard as h-node.


-John Sullivan
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